The Telegraph
Monday , August 18 , 2014
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Mini grid to end power woes

Residents of Mango and its adjoining areas serviced by Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) may soon heave a sigh of relief.

After a long wait of about four years, the Singhbhum unit of JUVNL has finally zeroed in on a plot for setting up a 5,000KVA mini power grid substation near Baliguma on the National Highway-33 to supply power to Mango and its adjoining areas.

Elaborating on this fresh development, JUVNL’s superintending engineer R.J. Singh on Sunday said that they had identified about six acres of land for the power project. The proposed grid substation will be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh and cater to a population of over two lakh.

“The formalities for acquiring the land will be completed soon. Equipment for setting up the grid substation has already been procured. The construction work will take around two-and-a-half months and will start as soon as the land acquisition is over,” Singh told The Telegraph.

The superintending engineer said the new power grid substation, once in place, would improve power supply in the entire area. Also, it would reduce the over-dependence on the Gamharia grid sub-station, which currently supplies power to Mango.

“The existing transformers in Mango trip frequently because of excessive load. But, once the new power grid sub-station is functional, it will help distribute the load evenly, thereby reduce the pressure on any one substation,” he said.

Sources at the power board headquarters said that the initiative was taken to make sure that the Singhbhum unit’s serviced area, which has the largest concentration of industries, received a steady supply of electricity during peak hours.

The proposal to set up a new power grid substation was first mooted in 2010 and a plot was also identified at Baliguma for the project. But, according to a senior power department official, the plot falls in the forest area. Naturally, the project could not be taken forward in the absence of a no-objection certificate from the forest department.